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Crosby speaks after first non-contact practice.

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A quick, and perhaps messy, transcription of Penguins C Sidney Crosby’s post-practice media scrum today at St. Pete Times Forum. He spent about 35 minutes on the ice with teammates, followed by approximately another 15 to 20 working out individually. He participated in all drills and was worked into a power-play rotation.

Q: Did you push for something like this?

A: No. They basically tell me what to do. They know better than I do. I was pretty excited to hear that I’d be joining the team and would do a little pregame skate here and there.

Q: Did they tell you what to look for next?

A: With every step it’s that you don’t get symptoms. Obviously it’s not just one day. It’s at least a few days if not more. The main thing is to not look too far ahead, just try to get through each step and hopefully it goes well.

Q: How does skating with the guys help you progress?

 A: Just the motion, all the guys out there, it’s something you take for granted a lot, but it’s something you have to get readjusted too. It puts a little added pressure on your brain a bit when everyone is moving out there and you have to react to all that. So, it’s just trying to see how that goes.

Q: Have you had any symptoms recently?

 A: No. At this point when you haven’t skated that much and you’re out there it’s important that you’re able to separate the two into being fatigued, feeling what’s new, and what’s symptoms of a concussion. That’s why it’s more than one day.

Q: Did you take something like this for granted?

A: I don’t think I ever do, but it’s easy not to realize until you go through something like this, how easy those things and how they’re really not sometime. I don’t think I’ve ever taken it for granted, but I don’t know if it’s something you think about until you go through something like this?

Q: What is the balance of being in hockey-shape and back from a concussion?

A: I’ve got to be ready no matter what. Whether you’re coming back from injury going into the playoffs or the regular season, you’ve got to make sure you’re healthy. It’s a matter for me making sure I’m healthy. If that takes two months, it takes two months. If it doesn’t, great – but I can’t really control it. I’ve just got to do the right things to try and feel good and get back to where I need to be, but I’m not looking too far ahead at all. This was a good opportunity to get back on the ice, but it’s just another small step.

Q: Does the unknown aspect of a concussion make this harder?

 A: Yeah, it does. There’s no set time. Usually with certain things you’ve got a set time frame, that’s not the case. With the time of the year – that doesn’t make it any easier. It’s just a frustrating thing in general to go through. There’s so many different opinions. Everyone who’s gone through concussions react differently, so it’s not easy to get a real grasp on what you’re going to go through. That’s been different. That’s been the challenge.

Q: Was there any damage from the Hedman hit?

A: I don’t know. It probably didn’t help. I would say it didn’t help.

Q: Did you head hit the glass on that hit?

A: Yeah.

Q: Does going through the mental preparation of a game day practice help test your brain?

 A: I’m not too worried about that. The first step is just being able to go out there and work at the pace you need to work at, deal with all that motion – that’s really the main thing I want to go through and get done. It’s kind of small steps and it doesn’t seem like much, but when you go through the last few months it feels like a lot. It’s nice to be out there.

Q: What does it say about your team that they’re in this position without you and Malkin?

 A: It says a lot. It’s amazing to see what we’ve gone through. It wasn’t just me and Geno. We had seven or eight guy regular guys out. IT’s been different guys. (Fleury’s) been huge throughout the whole year, (Kennedy) recently putting the puck in the net. It takes everybody collectively, and we all know that. This has been a pretty good reminder of the character we have in this room.

Q: What was your reaction when they told you that you could get back out there with teammates?

A: I was pretty excited. It doesn’t seem like much. You do that 80 times a year, but it feels good. Especially because I’ve been sitting around a bunch of time now; it was just nice to be around the guys, you miss that a lot.

 

Cheers until faceoff,

Rossi

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

Comments

  1. GC says:

    About last night’s game against Tampa Bay. Where were at least a couple of players Shero resigned and brought in for grit and toughness. If the they would have been playing a team like Boston, they would have been down a couple more players. Flurey got run over twice, by SS of all people, Downey was running around with out a worry smashing into people (Stahl for one), Lovejoy is lucky he’s alive. DB may have done a good job during the season but Its about the playoffs. Remember Montreal with Crosby and Malkin. Ask the Pitt Panthers or Wash. Caps the last couple of years what they think about the season and playoffs and how they feel. I say this, if this is the type of line up for the playoffs, don’t bring Crosby back we will lose him for good. He got hit with some toughness in the line up, imagine none. If I remember right Wayne and Mario didn’t worry.

  2. Skip Dawson says:

    We miss ya out there Sid.

  3. Skip Dawson says:

    Take your time Healing. Glad to see you on the Ice again. Go Pens..

  4. Cvetic says:

    Hope he comes back but this is not only about the rest of his career but his life. Glad to see he is doing much better and even non-contact practice is a good sign.

    Good luck Sid,Patrick

  5. Gabriel NJ says:

    Gabriel NJ

    Good to see you back on the ice Sid. Take your time and I wish you the best. Great to see the PENS play hard and play with a lot of heart even with all the injuries. That is why I love this team! GO PENS!! Everyone get healthy at your own pace.

  6. Caralluma says:

    Yeah, sid is sorely missed!!

  7. chadPA says:

    I want Sid back for the playoffs more than anything, but I would rather him sit them out.Sid is 23 years old. He’s probably got 15 more years of being the greatest hockey player alive in him. I don’t want to miss out on that because he was rushed back or felt he owed us as fans or his team to come back. Truth is neither Sid or doctors really know if he is fully recovered or when he will be. Just let him rest and do whatever Sid does and come back next year and continue to put on a healthy assault on the league. Hopefully by the start of next season the league will have implemented a head shot rule and fans won’t have to worry about their star players being head hunted. Anyways looking forward to to strong run in the playoffs by a very strong willed team. Let’s go pens!

 
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